Most knitters, spinners, weavers, and other fiber artists can't get enough of their craft. They love what they do, and they love to know more about the materials that they work with. Animal raisers are similarly passionate, with an insatiable thirst for information about the animals they have, and the ones they dream of having. Created with both groups in mind, The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is a one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopedia of more than 200 animals and the fibers they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world -- the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom, the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes mohair and cashmere goats; camelids, such as alpacas, llamas, and vicunas; bison; horses; musk oxen; rabbits; and even dogs. Each spread includes photographs of the featured animal; samples of its raw fleece, its cleaned fleece, and yarn spun from the fleece; and samples of that yarn knit and woven. In some cases, products that can be made from the knit or woven yarn are also shown, such as a shawl made from Hebridean wool and a fascinating horsehair chachvan (Central Asian privacy veil). Readers will find everything they want to know about each animal and its fiber, incuding the fiber's color, density, strength, and staple length, and recommendations for processing and using it. They'll also find expert information on breed conservation and heritage breed propagation; easy-to-use charts and boxes for quick reference; and a comprehensive resource section. No other book covers so many fiber animals in such detail. At once a stunning collection of photographs, a can't-put-it-down reading book, and an inexhastible source of expert information, this is the book no fiber or animal lover can be without.
"Every once in a while there is a book that lives up to it's hype. Only once in a blue moon are we lucky enough to get a book that surpasses all the stories that have led up to it. The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook is a blue moon book. The spinning world has been buzzing about this book for years, and Deb Robson has been kind enough to share writing the process on her blog, but that still didn't prepare me for the completeness of the book.
The sheer complexity of the subject made clear, useful and not just interesting, but fascinating. More than 200 animal fibers and breeds laid out and dissected by an animal expert and a spinning expert jump off of the page in concise prose that speaks to the history of the breed; fleece, fiber and lock characteristics; using the fiber in dyeing, spinning, knitting and weaving. The photography is crisp enough to count crimps and shows fiber as washed and unwashed; prepped and spun, and sometimes knit or woven. The authors manage to do all of this using 2-4 pages per breed.
Spinners (and knitters) this is the book you've been asking for: more photos and breeds than In Sheep's Clothing and more sheepy and animal goodness than The Knitter's Book of Wool. A labor of sheepy love and a stellar book."--Library Journal
Two experts, one a farmer and livestock guru, the other a fiber magazine editor, join brains to produce this resource for yarn crafters. Far from drab and dreary, Robson and Ekarius enliven the pictures and descriptions of about 200 breeds of sheep, inserting critical information and fun facts. Well written and researched, a reference for all ages.